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Building HS2

Over 20,000 jobs supported by HS2
Tunnel Engineer inspects HS2's Chiltern Tunnel.

Constructing the railway

HS2 will use the best of British skills and innovation, creating thousands of UK jobs and opportunities for SMEs. It will be one of the most environmentally responsible infrastructure projects ever in the UK.

HS2 apprentice on a construction site

HS2 tunnels

HS2 will build 64 miles of tunnels between London and the West Midlands

Learn more about HS2 tunnels

Construction underway at HS2's west London 'super hub' - Old Oak Common Station

2,300 jobs supported by building the best connected station in the country.

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Phase 2a secures Royal Assent

At least 5,000 workers will build the 36 mile line.

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HS2 and the environment

Find out how HS2 is protecting and enhancing woodlands, habitats and wildlife as we plan and build the railway.

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Construction benefits

  • Jobs and skills - we'll need over 34,000 people

    So far, HS2 has supported 20,000 jobs in every region of the country. With construction started there will be more opportunities.

    Building skills to deliver HS2

  • Supply Chain - HS2 creates opportunities for all sizes of business

    HS2 is creating thousands of contract opportunities in its supply chain. Find out how your business can get involved.

    Suppliers and Businesses

  • Innovation - a world class railway that embraces technology

    HS2's workers will use innovative technology and world-leading construction techniques.

    Innovation

Wider benefits of building HS2

  • Archaeology - unearthing 10,000 years of history

    Before we build bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations, the largest archaeology programme ever undertaken in the UK is happening.

    Archaeology

  • Community and local business funding

    Find out how HS2 community funding supports local environmental and economic improvements along its route.

    Community and business funding

  • The Green Corridor

    We’re creating a green corridor alongside HS2, which will be home to wildlife and integrate HS2 into the landscape.

    HS2 Green Corridor

Stations designed for everyone

Curzon Street Station in Birmingham

This will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th century.

Euston Station in London

HS2 will deliver 10 new platforms, a new concourse and improved connections to the Underground.

Interchange Station in Solihull

The station design focuses on sustainability and it will be built to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard.

Old Oak Common Station in west London

The station will allow direct interchange with local trains and provide a new park.